The Blue Oval’s world car is still going strong

The Ford Mondeo is spending a lot of time in front of the cameras these days. After being spotted frolicking in the snow in Sweden a few months ago, the Mondeo is back doing test runs, this time in the friendlier climate of Southern Europe. It’s also a different body type — it’s a wagon! — than the Mondeo prototype a few months ago, but the location of the camouflage remains the same, so the front and rear sections are still matters of speculation. Still, we get a good look at the Mondeo wagon’s entire body, giving us an indication of what to expect when it comes out.

2019 Ford Mondeo Exterior

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The edges of the front grille are also covered in camo, and from the looks of it, the grille itself will be entirely new

There are a number of reasons why an automaker covers little space on a test prototype. One of those reasons is that there aren’t that many changes made to the car and the only ones that got some updates are the covered sections. That appears to be the case with the Ford Mondeo because, from all angles, the wagon looks to carry the same design as its predecessor.

That said, the covered areas suggest that changes are afoot in those places. It’s not a surprise that the whole front section is covered in camouflage. A new front bumper design could be one of those reasons, and you can see through some of the cuts and angles on the wrap that Ford is giving the Mondeo updates in that section. The edges of the front grille are also covered in camo, and from the looks of it, the grille itself will be entirely new, though not as new as to have a completely different design from what we’re used to from the Blue Oval.

The rear lights appear to have been given subtle tweaks in their design. It’s hard to make out with the wraps draped all around it, but it the design of the rear lights look bigger and more rounded than the ones found in the current version of the Mondeo.

Regardless of what your eyes see, the new Mondeo’s design shouldn’t be too far a departure from the current version. If anything, it remains to be seen if the changes Ford made in its design are significant enough to notice at first glance.

2019 Ford Mondeo Interior

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The cabin should retain a lot of its conservative touch, largely because the market that buys this model doesn’t particularly care about luxury trims in their cars

I don’t expect too many changes to happen inside the Ford Mondeo. I also don’t expect Ford to get too ambitious in its treatment of this section. The truth is, the Ford Mondeo’s cabin isn’t going to win any design or luxury awards. That’s ok, though, because it’s not supposed to get overboard in those aspects either.

The cabin should retain a lot of its conservative touch, largely because the market that buys this model doesn’t particularly care about luxury trims in their cars. There should still be a good amount of high-quality matte plastics throughout the interior. That was one of Ford’s biggest improvements on the last version of the car, and it gave the Mondeo’s cabin a more grown-up look to it. Expect something similar with the new wagon.

Speaking of expectations, Ford’s SYNC touchscreen should still hold court as one of the most important elements in the cabin of the wagon. That’s more important than any surface-level change because of the number of new features and technologies that Ford is currently developing for its fleet of models.

The overall design should also remain clean and consistent with our expectations. The truth is, we don’t expect a lot from the Mondeo’s interior. But it does help to know that Ford has moved on from drowning the model in cheap plastic. There’s far more aesthetic potential here, and we expect the updated model to carry through on that potential.

2019 Ford Mondeo Drivetrain

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The Ford Mondeo should still feature a number of powertrain options, beginning with a 1.5-liter TDCI unit that produces somewhere in the region of 150 horsepower

The Ford Mondeo should still feature a number of powertrain options, beginning with a 1.5-liter TDCI unit that produces somewhere in the region of 150 horsepower. A bigger 2.0-liter TDCI engine should also still be available, albeit in a number of different states of tune. It’s unclear if Ford’s going to give the new Mondeo any improvements in power, but the current model does have offer output as 190 horsepower and 238 horsepower for the bi-turbo unit. A hybrid model should also be in the cards. Details are still scarce on this particular powertrain, but if the Mondeo adopts what the Fusion already has, then the hybrid model should get roughly 20 percent longer electric-only range when it hits the streets.

One of the biggest changes to come to the Mondeo is the inclusion of a new transmission. Ford has yet to confirm this, but if the Mondeo continues to adopt the same changes as the Euro-spec Ford Edge — most of the powertrain options are included in the Edge — then it’s possible that an eight-speed automatic transmission will take the reins from the six-speed automatic transmission that is somehow still being used today despite its rather advanced age.

If it really is the eight-speed that we’re looking forward to, expect it to channel the power that the Mondeo has at its disposal to the front wheels. Some engines and trim levels could get an optional all-wheel-drive system, too.

Far from the technical machinations of the engine options are the expected introduction of advanced safety systems on the facelifted Mondeo. These additions are arguably the most important changes to the new model because they include the driver assist system Ford Co-Pilot360, probably the most advanced driver assist system in the market that includes features like automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot information system, and lane keeping system, among other features.

2019 Ford Mondeo Prices

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Depending on the trim, the Ford Mondeo should be priced anywhere from €23,000 to €35,000. That converts to around $27,000 to just above $40,000 based once current exchange rates. Remember that these prices aren’t official, but based on expected price increases brought about by a number of different factors, it wouldn’t be a shock if the new Mondeo’s price tag falls in this neighborhood.

At the very least, it would still represent a cheaper option than most other wagons made by German automakers like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz.

2019 Ford Mondeo Competition

Hyundai i30 Wagon

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The Ford Mondeo and the Hyundai i30 Wagon share a few similarities, one of which is that they go by different names in the U.S (the Mondeo is the Fusion, and the i30 is the Elantra). In addition, the Mondeo and the i30 Wagon also share the compact wagon stage, making them rivals in this segment. The i30 Wagon comes with three different engine options. On the gasoline front, the wagon carries a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 118 horsepower. If that doesn’t suit you, there’s also a 1.4-liter unit that has 138 horsepower on tap. Opt for the diesel, and you’re getting a 1.6-liter mill that has 108 horsepower at its disposal. That’s plenty of choices to go around for a wagon that’s priced competitively compared to the Mondeo. The starting price for the i30 Wagon in Europe sits just north of €20,000, which converts to about $24,000. That price range extends up to €25,000 depending on the options and accessories you choose. That converts to just under $30,000 based on current exchange rates.

Read our full review on the 2017 Hyundai i30 Wagon.

Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen

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It’s easy to look at the Ford Mondeo and say that it competes against the likes of the BMW 3 Series Wagon or the Audi A4 Avant. But that’s not fair to the Blue Oval wagon because the two German vehicles belong in a more premium segment. With respect, then, to the Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen because this is a model that fits more into the same market as the Mondeo. Fortunately for the VW, it has a lot of advantages over the Ford, not the least of which is a bigger 1.8-liter turbocharged engine that produces a tidy 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It’s not going to win any drag races, but compared to what the Mondeo has under its hood, it might as well be a rocket carrying a wagon’s body. The Mondeo, and the i30 Wagon, for that matter, benefit from having a more modern design than the Golf Sportwagen. But, if you want the best returns for the money that you’re spending — the VW wagon costs anywhere from $22,000 to $30,000 — you’re not going to find a more suitable model than the Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen.

Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen

Conclusion

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The Ford Mondeo has had a successful life so, clearly, it’s doing something right. Now in the middle of its fourth generation, the trusted and reliable model is getting a much-needed update in its wagon form. It’s too early to tell if this update is going to elevate the model to the top of its segment, but with the expected improvements in technology and safety systems, Ford’s making a compelling case for its compact wagon to make a name for itself in the face of stiff competition in the European market. Here’s to hoping, then, that when the updated Mondeo comes out, it lives up to a lot of people’s expectations.

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    • Lack of significant aesthetic upgrades could be a curse
    • Engine options aren’t worth getting excited about
    • Competition is stiff so it has to be in its ’A’ game

Further reading

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Read our full review on the previous generation Ford Mondeo.

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Enhanced Ford Mondeo range – including new and spacious Mondeo Hybrid wagon – revealed
Sophisticated Mondeo Hybrid petrol-electric self-charging powertrain delivers greater refinement
Ford’s 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel and eight-speed rotary dial automatic transmission introduced
Mondeo Adaptive Cruise Control technology features Stop & Go functionality for easier driving in motorway and stop-start traffic
Intelligent Speed Limiter keeps Mondeo drivers safe, and protects licences
BRUSSELS, Belgium, 18 January, 2019 – The enhanced Ford Mondeo – introducing elegant new exterior and interior design details and a new Hybrid Wagon variant for the first time – was revealed at the Brussels Motor Show, Belgium, for delivery from March.

The new Mondeo Hybrid is a unique offering in its segment and further significant Mondeo upgrades include:

An even more refined petrol-electric driving experience for the fuel-efficient Mondeo Hybrid
Ford’s advanced 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine introduced for superior long-distance cruising
Ford’s new intelligent eight-speed automatic transmission, which adapts shift patterns to driving style for improved refinement, and is controlled using a stylish and ergonomic rotary gear shift dial
Adaptive Cruise Control enhanced with Stop & Go joins Mondeo’s sophisticated suite of driver assistance technologies, for easier driving in motorway and stop-start traffic
“The Ford Mondeo Hybrid offers a unique driving experience with its refined automatic transmission and ability to pull away silently. Combined with the benefits of a low CO2 petrol engine we expect the Hybrid to account for up to 50 per cent of sales,” said Roelant de Waard, Ford European Marketing, Sales and Service vice-president.

“At the same time we are introducing an all-new diesel powertrain with SCR (selective catalytic reduction) technology to meet and exceed the latest Euro 6d Temp emissions standards, with an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission available.”

Wagon versatility. Hybrid efficiency
For customers who require greater load-carrying capability, the new Mondeo Hybrid wagon delivers the driving range and freedom offered by a traditional combustion engine with the efficiency and refinement of an electric powertrain.

In both wagon and coupe-inspired four-door body styles, the self-charging Mondeo Hybrid is capable of pure electric driving and offers silent key start capability for refinement particularly in city and stop-start driving scenarios. The powertrain eliminates both range anxiety and the need for customers to use an external power source to charge the battery.

The latest generation of Mondeo Hybrid powertrain control software delivers a smooth, linear response to acceleration demand for a more refined driving experience. The enhanced powertrain software is also more effective at using the engine’s torque to deliver greater fuel efficiency and performance – seamlessly adjusting transmission ratios to utilise the highest engine torque at lowest engine speed.

The hybrid powertrain delivers 187PS, and combines a specially-developed 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine; electric motor; generator; 1.4kWh lithium-ion battery; and a Ford-developed power-split automatic transmission that emulates the performance of a continuously-variable transmission.

Regenerative braking technology captures up to 90 per cent of the energy normally lost during braking to replenish the battery, contributing to anticipated CO2 emissions from a targeted* 98g/km for the existing hybrid four-door, and anticipated* CO2 emissions of 103g/km for the newly launched wagon.

Further technologies designed to help drivers optimise efficiency without sacrificing comfort include:

Ford’s SmartGauge interface for monitoring fuel and energy consumption with features including Brake Coach that encourages gradual braking to help return more energy to the battery
Electric power-assisted steering; and electrically-powered air-conditioning, powertrain cooling and vacuum systems, which significantly reduce drag on the engine
A specially-developed exhaust gas heat recovery system that enables faster cabin warming
The new wagon body style provides 403 litres load capacity beneath the cargo cover for Mondeo Hybrid customers with the rear seats in place, and up to 1,508 litres with the rear seats folded, while an innovative flat floor over the battery pack makes loading and unloading of large or bulky items easier. Additional storage is concealed beneath the load floor.

Powerful and refined
Ford’s advanced 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine is introduced to Mondeo for the first time, delivering the driving performance of a larger capacity engine alongside the fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions synonymous with a smaller engine capacity. The 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine is offered with:

150 PS delivering from an anticipated* 127g/km CO2 emissions
190 PS delivering from an anticipated* 133 /km CO2 emissions
An integrated intake system with mirror-image porting for optimised engine breathing; low-inertia turbocharger that enhances low-end torque; and high-pressure fuel injection system that is more responsive, quieter and offers more precise fuel delivery than the outgoing 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engines, all help meet the latest stringent Euro 6d Temp emissions standards. Standard SCR emissions after-treatment contributes to improved NOX reduction.

Ford’s new eight-speed automatic transmission – offered with 150PS and 190PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue engines – has been engineered to further optimise fuel efficiency and deliver responsive performance and smooth, swift gearshifts. The transmission features:

Adaptive Shift Scheduling, which assesses individual driving styles to optimise gearshift timings. The system can identify uphill and downhill gradients and hard cornering, and adjust gearshifts accordingly for a more stable, engaging and refined driving experience
Adaptive Shift Quality Control, which assesses vehicle and environmental information to help adjust clutch pressures for consistently smooth gearshifts. The technology can also adjust shift smoothness to suit driving style
A six-speed manual transmission also is offered, and 2.0-litre EcoBlue Mondeo models can be equipped with Ford’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive technology, which measures how the car’s wheels are gripping the road surface and can adjust torque delivery up to 50/50 between the front and rear wheels in under 20 milliseconds – twenty times quicker than it takes to blink – for a more secure footing especially in slippery conditions.

Ford’s 165PS 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine remains available, delivering from 150g/km CO2 emissions supported by integrated exhaust manifold and water-cooled intake charge cooler technologies.

Executive style and craftsmanship
Elegant updates to Mondeo’s exterior and interior design enhance the executive appeal of four-door, five-door and wagon models, while amplifying the visual differentiation between Mondeo Zetec Edition, Titanium Edition, ST-Line Edition and Vignale series.

A contemporary new front end design incorporates:

An enhanced upper trapezoidal grille shape with a deeper visual effect; chrome, horizontal bar finish for Titanium Edition models; black, technical slotted finish for
ST-Line Edition models; and exclusive satin silver “flying-V” finish for Vignale models
A revised lower grille design that blends into the new fog-light surrounds for Titanium Edition and Vignale models, and is bordered with sporty winglets for ST-Line models
New fog-light and LED daytime running-light designs
A sporty new bumper fascia with more pronounced lower lip spoiler
Rear design updates include new C-shaped tail lights intersected by a stylish, full-width applique in satin silver or chrome finish, and Mondeo continues to feature a lean side-profile sculpted to convey “visual lightness”, power-dome bonnet and, a slim-line headlight design.

Mondeo customers are now offered more options to personalise their vehicle. A new 18-inch alloy wheel is added as standard to Titanium Edition, while the Vignale Hybrid receives a larger, 19-inch dark tarnish alloy. Distinctive new exterior colour options include Vignale-exclusive Blue Panther and Stealth grey, exclusive to ST-Line Edition.

Mondeo’s upgraded interior features new seat fabrics, new door handle appliques, and new decorative spears unique to Titanium Edition, ST‑Line Edition and Vignale models.

The addition of the rotary gear shift dial for models equipped with Ford’s eight-speed automatic transmission frees-up additional storage space in the centre console, where a USB port is now conveniently located for charging mobile devices or accessing portable media.

Interior craftsmanship is also enhanced with improved fit and finish between centre console and instrument panel components, delivering and even more premium feel to the sporty, cockpit-like cabin.

Effortless driving experience
Mondeo now also offers Adaptive Cruise Control technology – which enables the vehicle to automatically maintain a comfortable driving distance from vehicles ahead – enhanced with additional Stop & Go functionality.

Enabled by the introduction of Ford’s eight-speed automatic transmission, the Stop & Go feature can bring the vehicle to a complete halt in stop-start traffic, and automatically pull away if the stopping duration is less than 3 seconds. For stopping durations greater than 3 seconds, the driver can push the resume button on the steering wheel or gently apply the accelerator to pull away, greatly enhancing comfort when driving in stop-start traffic.

Introduced to Mondeo for the first time, Intelligent Speed Limiter combines Ford’s Speed Limiter and Traffic Sign Recognition technologies, and can help ensure the vehicle’s maximum speed is automatically adjusted to remain within changing speed limits. The system uses a windscreen-mounted camera to monitor road signs and when the speed limit is lower than that maximum set speed, slows the vehicle as required. As the speed limit rises, the system allows the driver to accelerate up to the set speed, providing it does not exceed the new speed limit.

Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system allows Mondeo drivers to control audio, navigation and climate functions plus connected smartphones using simple voice commands. Supported by an 8-inch colour touchscreen that can be operated using pinch and swipe gestures, SYNC 3 is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™.

“The new Mondeo also introduces various semi-autonomous features. Whether reducing the stress of driving in traffic jams by automatically following the car ahead, or helping drivers avoid speeding fines with our Intelligent Speed Limiter technology, every aspect of our enhanced Mondeo is designed to make driving easier, more relaxing and more rewarding,” de Waard said.

“The Mondeo Hybrid offers a compelling alternative to diesel powertrains for fleet and private customers in both wagon and four-door body styles.”

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*Officially homologated fuel-efficiency and CO2 emission figures will be published closer to on-sale date

Note: The data and information in this press release reflects preliminary specifications and was correct at the time of going to print. However, Ford policy is one of continuous product improvement. The right is reserved to change these details at any time.

Android and Android Auto are trademarks of Google Inc.

*The declared Fuel/Energy Consumptions, CO2 emissions and electric range are measured according to the technical requirements and specifications of the European Regulations (EC) 715/2007 and (EC) 692/2008 as last amended. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are specified for a vehicle variant and not for a single car. The applied standard test procedure enables comparison between different vehicle types and different manufacturers. In addition to the fuel-efficiency of a car, driving behaviour as well as other non-technical factors play a role in determining a car’s fuel/energy consumption, CO2 emissions and electric range. CO2 is the main greenhouse gas responsible for global warming.

From 1 September 2017, certain new vehicles will be type-approved using the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) according (EU) 2017/1151 as last amended, which is a new, more realistic test procedure for measuring fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. From 1 September 2018 the WLTP will fully replace the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC), which is the current test procedure. During NEDC Phase-out, WLTP fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are being correlated back to NEDC. There will be some variance to the previous fuel economy and emissions as some elements of the tests have altered i.e., the same car might have different fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 200,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Ford of Europe is responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford brand vehicles in 50 individual markets and employs approximately 53,000 employees at its wholly owned facilities and approximately 68,000 people when joint ventures and unconsolidated businesses are included. In addition to Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford Europe operations include Ford Customer Service Division and 24 manufacturing facilities (16 wholly owned or consolidated joint venture facilities and eight unconsolidated joint venture facilities). The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was founded. European production started in 1911.

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